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CTS is a member of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA

Supporting the Work of the Church

Christ the Servant offers a number of ways to support the work of the church with your financial and other offerings.

Cash and Food Offerings are accepted during the Offertory at our worship service. Offerings placed in the baskets held by the acolytes go to support the ministries of Christ the Servant. Offerings placed in the small cans are shared between Gaithersburg HELP and ELCA World Hunger. Two larger baskets at the sides of the altar are for food donations, which go to Gaithersburg HELP to feed those in need in our local community. On the first Sunday of each month, we bring fresh fruits and vegetables, which are delivered to the Manna Food Center.

Offering Envelopes are available prior to the start of the new year to use to make donations during worship services or at other times. Anyone wishing to have offering envelopes may request them by contacting the church office. Additional envelopes are available on the Usher’s table at the back of the sanctuary.

Online Donations allow you to donate to the church using your credit orGive Online debit card number, or a checking or savings account. Pay online through the secure Vanco online donation portal via Bank Account, Debit Card, or Credit Card. (Note: Credit and debit card transactions incur a fee to CTS of 2.65% to 3.5% of the total, and there is a small per-transaction fee associated with contributions drawn directly from checking, or savings account.)

Simply Giving is an automated, paperless program where funds are transferred from the contributor’s bank account directly into the church’s bank account. You decide how much and when. There is no charge to the contributor for this method. Enroll in Simply Giving.

Donating Shares of Stock can be done as a transfer directly into the church’s brokerage account with Thrivent. The church benefits from the net value of the stock once the shares are sold. The contributor may claim the value of the stock at the time of transfer for income tax purposes. For more information on donating stock, please contact the Financial Secretary.

Gifts-in-Kind are non-cash contributions to the church (goods or services that support the ministries and activities of the church). Receipts for donations should be submitted to the Financial Secretary. In-kind donations are reported on your quarterly and annual statement; a receipt may be provided on request. We do not accept drop-offs of clothing or any household items. These can be donated directly to various organizations, including Interfaith Works and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.

Quarterly Statements of Contributions. Monetary contributions (cash, check, or electronic offerings) to the church, as well as gifts of stock, and gifts-in-kind quality as charitable contributions for income tax purposes. We record all monetary offerings into a database system that makes it possible for us to generate quarterly statements. As a documented contributor, you will receive by electronic mail a report of your stewardship to the church, suitable for income tax purposes.